Makran Coast – Pakistan’s Finest Tourist Attraction
I am dedicating this blog to Makran Coast, a coastal strip in Balochistan. While the world watches in bewilderment the landscapes of Pakistan’s north, I feel entitled to shed light on the places that receive very little mainstream coverage. Makran Coastal highway happens to be one of those gorgeous places that need recognition.
I am a freelance blogger by trade, and the best part about my job is that it takes me to places. As the famous saying goes, “If you love what you do, you wouldn’t have to work a single day of your life.” So, I got the opportunity to visit Balochistan’s Makran Coast and for a wild and free-spirited soul like me, it was an exciting prospect.
My friend told me that the law and order situation of Balochistan has greatly improved. He further said that more and more tourists visit the exotic places there and take back fond memories with them. I took his word and went ahead. Reading that Makran Coast is just 5 hours away, I decided to chart the course in my car.
Kund Malir and the Princess Of Hope:
I have always yearned for personal space and solitude, so I went alone on this trip. After a smooth drive of about 2 hours, I made my way to the Makran Coast. One of the first things that struck me was the pristine road. It was stainless and had plantations on either side. The air was fresh and brisk, unlike the suffocating air you have in Karachi.
Venturing further, I saw a multitude of natural rock formations that were stunning in texture and spread over a long patch of land. Then I came across the ultimate attraction, the Princess of Hope. This effigy resembles a woman gracefully standing and overseeing the entire region.
The Princess of Hope had a strange energy to it that drew me towards her. I stepped out of my car and climbed the rocks to stand next to the mistress that has long allured people from all over Pakistan. I felt as if I had been jolted with some form of energy coursing through my veins. It was entrancing, I took as many pictures as I could with the princess.
After climbing down and moving forward, I noticed something my eyes refused to believe. I saw a Sphinx much like those found in Giza – sitting majestically at the top. What I found surprising was that there was no account of any sphinx existing in Pakistan. But there it was, alone in the wilderness, much like the Princess of Hope.
Moving forward, I finally hit the Kund Malir beach, and the exotic beach did not disappoint. The beach was calm and serene with a number of turtle-shaped huts. Seeing the water hit the desert was certainly a unique sight to behold By that time, it was afternoon the Sun was kissing me with its bright aura. It was the summers, yet the breeze was refreshing and soothing. To my surprise, there were a lot of tourists there. There was even a DJ performing for some university students.
I went near the waves and allowed my ankles to get wet by the crystal-clear water. The beach, with the Rocky Mountains surrounding it, can easily rival beaches in the Caribbean and South America. It is an ideal place to go out with your family, far away from the mayhem of the city to spend some memorable time.
The Food Was Delicious!
After lying motionless at the beach for some time, it was time to pack my bags and head back home. But before I could do that, I needed to have some food in my belly to keep my body functioning. So, I got in my car and went to a nearby desi dhaaba where the locals greeted me.
They were very hospitable and even offered me a traditional bed. I asked them to make me their food specialty, to which they happily obliged. After some 15-20 minutes, I was presented with Lamb Sajji. Trust me, I never had such scrumptious Sajji in my whole life! From the spices to the subtle gravy, every element was inch perfect. I asked them for a cold drink; instead, they offered me salt infused Lassi which was very replenishing.
I thanked the gentlemen for their graciousness and started my journey back home before it got dark. I had little expectations from Balochistan but all of my pre-conceived notions were thoroughly quashed. I believe the natives of Pakistan should at least once experience this glorious landmark, Balochistan’s Makran Coastal Highway.